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IQ Innovations 51552 Fine T 4-Cup Gourmet Tea Machine


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  • Fully programmable 4-cup tea machine for perfectly brewed gourmet tea
  • Uses any type of loose tea; automatically controls water temperature and brew time
  • 7 different settings; hot plate keeps tea warm for 30 minutes; auto shut-off
  • 24-hour timer; removable infusion basket and filter makes cleanup easy
  • Measures approximately 8-3/5 by 8 by 15-8/9 inches; 2-year limited warranty
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 8.1 x 15.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 pounds
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  • ASIN: B001EN4EHW
  • Item model number: 51552
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,855 in Kitchen & Dining (See Top 100 in Kitchen & Dining)
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Product Description

Making a cup of tea has become an easy, every-day ritual for many people, but now making perfectly brewed gourmet tea can be as well. This elegantly designed 4-cup tea machine works with any type of loose tea and features seven different settings, each with its own preset temperature and infusion time. The fully programmable unit automatically and precisely controls the water temperature and brewing time, while its simple push-button controls and digital display make for effortless operation. In addition, the unit's 24-hour programmable timer allows for waking up to freshly brewed hot tea or for having a pot ready after coming inside from a brisk walk on a beautiful Fall day. Other highlights include variable water temperature from 160 to 205 degrees F depending on the type of tea, a removable infusion basket and filter that swings out for easy cleaning, a hot plate that keeps the tea warm for 30 minutes, and a countdown function that turns the machine off after 30 minutes. The 1200-watt tea machine measures approximately 8-3/5 by 8 by 15-8/9 inches and carries a two-year limited warranty.

From the Manufacturer

Creating the Perfect Cup of Tea

Brewing tea is a daily routine enjoyed by millions and on the face of it, a simple process. However, brewing the perfect cup of tea is almost a science which takes into account water quality, water temperature, and infusion times. Boiled water is not considered good for making tea as the boiling process removes oxygen, making the water stale. Also, different teas must be brewed at different temperatures: for example, green tea at 160 degrees Fahrenheit, approximately 160 degrees Fahrenheit for white tea, and water heated to 205 degrees Fahrenheit is perfect for Puerh and black teas. With this in mind, it's easy to see that brewing tea isn't as simple as it seems. But, the Fine-T Machine eliminates any guesswork so you can enjoy a perfect cup of tea time after time.

The Fine-T gourmet tea machine combines the science of tea making with leading edge technology to enable you to not just enjoy, but savour perfectly brewed teas time after time. The Fine-T gourmet tea machine is fully programmable for all types of tea, water temperatures, and steep times, as water temperatures can vary depending on the type of tea you are using. The Fine-T machine takes care of this automatically.

Beautiful and Functional

Designed to brew any type of loose tea leaves, the beautifully styled 4-cup Fine T is the only electric tea maker that simultaneously and automatically controls both water temperature and brewing time with exact precision. To ensure that each cup of tea is brewed perfectly every time, whether it's robust black or oolong, more delicate exotic white tea, or fragile green tea, Fine T features 7 distinct settings that match the tea being used to its ideal water temperature and infusion time. Fine T also includes an eighth setting, a tea wash program which rinses leaves such as Puerh tea before brewing. A 24-hour clock and programmable timer makes it possible to preset brewing times, and for example, wake up to the pleasing aroma of freshly brewed tea each morning. Unlike coffee, which can be uniformly brewed at a certain water temperature, and for the same amount of time, regardless of the type of bean and roast used, tea is more complex and requires finesse in order to enjoy peak flavors and aromas.

Sleek and modern in its design, which combines gleaming chrome and black accents, Fine T resembles a high-end, programmable electric coffee maker in style and function. Simple to use, Fine T has a swing-out infusion basket to conveniently hold loose tea (one teaspoon of tea leaves per cup is recommended). Fine T's top lid lifts to pour fresh, cold water into the water chamber, which conveniently includes an outside water level indicator window for visual guidance. Additionally, the interior of the water chamber has a minimum and maximum water level mark. To operate, select the appropriate setting for the type of tea used with a push of a button. The tea maker's back-lit LCD panel will confirm the tea brewing setting chosen, showing the type of tea selected, the appropriate water temperature, and exact time required for brewing. Fine T takes care of the rest, heating the water to the correct temperature before it reaches the infusion basket, which is also heated to ensure the right temperature is maintained throughout the infusion process. Following an exact period of infusion, perfectly brewed tea is dispensed below into a heat-resistant glass carafe. A heated plate at the base of the unit conveniently keeps the tea at its ideal temperature, and is designed to shut off after 30 minutes so as to preserve the flavor of the tea.

Features and Specifications

  • Back-lit LCD panel
  • 24-hour programmable timer
  • Seven different settings covering all gourmet tea; each with its own preset temperature and infusion time
  • Comprehensive cleaning program to ensure the best results every time
  • Makes 4 cups of tea
  • Variable water temperature, from 160 to 205 degrees F
  • Removable infusion basket and filter; outside water level indicator
  • Hot plate that keeps the tea warm for 30 minutes
  • 1200-watts
  • Measures approximately 8-3/5 by 8 by 15-8/9 inches
  • Two-year limited warranty

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Customer Reviews

Relax and brew some TEA!
James Siegrist
When I called to get a replacement I was originally told to check back in a couple of months as they are out of stock.
H. Moss
Another minor flaw is it is very hard to pour the tea out without spilling it.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Evans on February 18, 2009
The Fine T Tea maker from IQ innovations.

Good:
-Makes 4 cups
-Has a rinse feature for tea. Although I would like to tweak that a bit.
-Mostly stainless steal and glass.
-Mostly very well made.
-Self cleaning, handy.
-Infusion basket is full size, so the tea has room to expand. It also is removable, and easy to clean sense it is stainless steal. This was one major draw back of the Zarafina, it's infusion basket was only half the size of the amount you could brew.
-Timer, it can be set the night before to make you tea in the morning!
-Has an automatic function for a second brew.
-Keeps tea warm for up to 30 minutes.
Bad:
-Very little temperature control. I though this would be the best part of this machine, with the lcd display and menu interface I assumed I would have more temperature chooses then 205 and 160. This also is to cold for some Black teas, and a bit to hot for some white teas.
-It's huge! Well this really is not that bad, but it is almost twice the size of the Zarafina and does not really fit under my cupboards on the counter. Of course it does make 4 cups.
-Some oddly cheap plastic parts. For example the infusion lid is made of plastic and puts off a plastic smell when brewing black tea.
-An interface only a programmer would love. It is not terribly user friendly, yet it is not hard ether. It does end up being tedious to deal with.
-Bad viewing angle on the LCD, I am taller, and find myself leaning over to see it clear. If it had more features, I would be impressed, but when I can not even dial in a temperature I wonder why we need it for the basic settings. That is until you use the timer for tea in the morning, then you will like it.

Over all it has a feeling of a beta tea maker.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Peter Boehm on April 9, 2009
Andrew's review is right on spot. I bought one and fully agree with the details in Andrew's review. The real show stopper is that you just cannot edit the programs or do any manual setting of timing or temperature and indeed the programs only offer either 160 or 205 degrees, NOTHING between.

Put China White Yin Zen Silver Needle into this machine and you'll get dishwater, regardless which program you try. This tea, like many other white teas, needs 176 degrees. So, with this tea maker you have to choose your tea according to the programs available. Well, this really is not my cup of tea....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. Moss on February 24, 2010
I purchased the device about 5 months ago and my carafe recently cracked in the dishwasher (they say its safe for top rack). When I called to get a replacement I was originally told to check back in a couple of months as they are out of stock. I loved the device but I have to say the customer service is pathetic, especially for a device that costs as much as this one does. Inversely if your in the UK it appears the service is pretty good they can get you a carafe although to ship to US its 92$
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By MLM on March 31, 2010
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Great Idea; Nice design; If it only worked....
I should have paid attention to all the other reviews that mentioned leaking or the diffuser pot that never empties. The machine leaks, is a workout to clean, and is limited in its "8" programs that in truth provide limited individual adjustment (none).
The manufactuer provided limited support -- "8" weeks to to examine the product and determine if a return was in order (sounds like the future of health care on a good day).
Hats off to Amazon for stepping up and taking a return of the item after 30 days of frustrting use.
I purchased the Adajio Trini Tea for one third the cost; ran 5 test runs through it with junk tea to exercise the "new" out of product, and it is perfect in comparison.
Stay away from this item unless you are purchasing it as a gift for someone you dislike, and are funded to do such things.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 4, 2009
My first complaint with this tea maker is that it leaves liquid in bottom steep tray after brewing. No amount of draining will get it out, and it seems as if they only way is to do a full clean on the system after each brewing. Otherwise you get a paper towel, and you sop it up that way. Also, the interface isn't very good either. Another minor flaw is it is very hard to pour the tea out without spilling it. For 300 dollars I expect this to be the cream of the crop, and not a device that leaves tea from the last steep in the bottom container.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By notanorafan on December 30, 2009
This tea maker does not adjust for altitude, it tries to heat water to 205 degrees no matter what -- in Colorado where water boils at 195 degrees this is a disaster. When you add water and turn it on, the water starts a vigorous boil and the tea maker never cuts off and starts the brewing process. I attempted to make tea twice and stopped after four cups of water boiled down to three. Result was I had to return for a refund.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. Halisky on February 1, 2010
This machine is not worth $300. The limited temperature settings are frustrating when you are a rule follower. The only reason I wanted it was I thought the 7 different settings would give me options for all tea products. The 205 or 160 degree limitations make this a bad tea machine. The Breville my sister has offers 5 temperature settings, but does not brew the tea for you. Product researchers should put the two machine types together to create a worthwhile tea machine. I do like the ease of use and the design. If there were more options for temperature it would be great.
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